Political Perspectives

Different hosts each week bring a variety of guests and topics.

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Supreme Court's Decision on Redistricting and How it Affects Oregon and the Nation
Lee Mercer of Health Care for All-Oregon on the Supreme Court Ruling on ACA and the Future
 

Episode Archive

Political Perspectives on 10/26/11

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Wed, 10/26/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jim Hightower and Ralph Nader on Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement

Guest Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, "Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, talks about the Occupy movement across the country and about the We the People Movement, which reminds us that 'the Constitution plainly says "We the People," not We the Corporations.'

And later, Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, lawyer, author and former Presidential candidate, also talks about the Occupy Wall Street.

Political Perspectives on 10/26/11

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Wed, 10/26/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jeremy Ben-Ami , the founder and President of J Street, on his new book "A New Voice For Israel"

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and President of J Street, a pro-Israel pro-peace lobby will talk about his new book A New Voice For Israel and the current situation in the Israel/Palestine conflict.

Political Perspectives on 10/12/11

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Wed, 10/12/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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9/11 Reclaiming Our Future, the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 (2011 at SanFrancisco)

9/11 Reclaiming Our Future, recorded at the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 held in 22011 at San Francisco's Herbst Theater. (from TUC Radio)

Part 1 features Kevin Danaher, Part 2 features Anodea Judith

Kevin Danaher is co-founder of Global Exchange and executive producer of the annual San Francisco Green Festival, and husband of Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin.

Political Perspectives on 09/30/11

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Fri, 09/30/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Historian Charles Mann author of 1493, speaks about the Columbian Exchange and its lasting impacts

Charles Mann has released 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created as the follow-up to his previous book, 1491, which received the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Keck Award for best book of the year.

Political Perspectives on 09/21/11

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Wed, 09/21/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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John Gibler - To Die in Mexico

Carlos Chavez hosts Political Perspectives for an interview with independent journalist and author John Gibler on his latest book. We discuss the social ramifications and distorted politics of Mexico and America’s failed Drug Wars.

Political Perspectives on 08/24/11

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Wed, 08/24/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Jerry Erwin on the war in Libya

Host Per Fagereng speaks with Portland area resident Jerry Erwin. He just returned from Libya where he participated in the war.

Political Perspectives on 08/17/11

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Wed, 08/17/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need

Michelle Schroeder Fletcher hosts a program about Potluck in the Park - Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving A Free Hot Meal To Anyone In Need, Since 1991.

In downtown Portland every Sunday, rain or shine, a dedicated group of volunteers from Potluck in the Park (PiP) come together to create community and serve a hot nutritious meal to anyone in need.

On Aug. 28th, Potluck in the Park celebrates its 20th birthday by offering a Free barbecue meal to anyone in need with an estimated attendance of 1200 guests in the PSU Park Blocks between S.W. Hall & Montgomery. A Resource Faire in collaboration with local social services providers will include Health, Legal, Youth Services, Haircuts, Bike Repairs, Pet Food and Live Music.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:30am - 10:00am
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Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, on the Super Congress

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with Jane Hamsher, founder of the blog FireDogLake, just wrote the piece "Whip the Super Congress: Call and Ask Your Member of Congress if They Like Their Job." which states: "You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public. Whatever they decide will then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it can’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers.

Political Perspectives on 08/10/11

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Wed, 08/10/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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Christine Shearer visited a native Alaska village where climate change is destroying their island.

Host Marianne Barisonek talks with Christine Shearer about her book Kivalina: A Climate Change Story."

Kivalina is a small Native Alaska community that is suing twenty-four fossil fuel companies for thier contributions to climate change and for creating a false debate around climate change. Christine Shearer talks about the history of the "Product Defense Industry" and how it is distorting the media landscape on climate change.

Political Perspectives on 08/03/11

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Wed, 08/03/2011 - 9:00am - 9:30am
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THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with John Tirman about his book "THE DEATHS OF OTHERS: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars." Tirman is Principal Research Scientist and Executive Director of the Center for International Studies, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His books include Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts and 100 Ways America is Screwing Up the World.

They'll discuss how U.S. behavior in war contributes to anti-Americanism; how the U.S. government is complicit in creating plans that cause civilian suffering; and why Americans are indifferent to civilian deaths? They will also look at the role of the media in this issue.

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Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

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Wed, 07/18/2012

Host Marvin Simmons speaks with Rajiv Chandrasekaran about his new book Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. From 2009 to 2011, he reported on the war in Afghanistan for The Post, traveling extensively through the southern provinces of Helmand and Kandahar to reveal the impact of President Obama’s decision to double U.S. force levels. HIs previous book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone won numerous awards for non-fiction.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted.

Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will.

This is an unedited version of the show that aired Wed. 7/18/2012

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Fifteen Steps to Corporate Feudalism

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Wed, 07/11/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Dennis Marker, author of FIFTEEN STEPS TO CORPORATE FEUDALISM: How the Rich Convinced America’s Middle Class to Eliminate Themselves From Ronald Reagan to the Tea Party Movement.

Never has a philosophy of a country shifted as radically as it has the last thirty years. Marker details in pull-no-punches prose how the assault on the middle classes is widespread and relentless. Determining our actions today can move us towards either a stronger, more positive future, or a future shrouded in fear, poverty, war.

In a full frontal attack by what Marker calls the Corporate Feudalists, Marker details how the middle class has become superfluous to the very rich and why various policies were deliberately created to eliminate them. Their defining characteristic is dirty, scorched-earth partisanship carried out regardless of cost. Conservatives are anxious again to finish first – with the big prize- monopoly control of the American government, and the power to turn their ideology into the law of the land.

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Peace activist Cindy Sheehan on Venezuela

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Fri, 06/29/2012

Cindy Sheehan spoke in Portland this week about Venezuela and Hugo Chavez. Sheehan's latest book is "Revolution: A Love Story," the story of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. Jenka Soderberg recorded her talk.

Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist whose son, U.S. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed by enemy action during the Iraq War. Her website is cindysheehanssoapbox.blogspot.com/

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Sibel Edmonds on her memoir "Classified Woman"

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Wed, 06/27/2012

Host Marianne Barisonek speaks with Sibel Edmonds about her new memoir "Classified Woman." Sibel Edmonds is the most classified woman in U.S. history. In her memoir she takes us on a surreal journey that begins with the secretive FBI and down the dark halls of a feckless Congress to a stonewalling judiciary and finally, to the national security whistleblowers movement she spearheaded.

Having lived under Middle East dictatorships, Edmonds knows firsthand what can happen when government is allowed to operate in secret. Hers is a sobering perspective that combines painful experience with a rallying cry for the public's right to know and to hold the lawbreakers accountable. With U.S. citizens increasingly stripped of their rights in a calibrated media blackout, Edmonds' story is a wake-up call for all Americans who, willingly or unwillingly, traded liberty for illusive security in the wake of 9/11.

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Wed, 06/20/2012
20th Anniversary of the Watts Gang Truce Pt. II
 

Carlos Chavez presents part two of the Watts Gang Truce Anniversary program on Political Perspectives. Part one aired last week with a powerful panel discussion titled, Pioneers in Peace. It featured voices from "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the honorable Orland Bishop of Mosaic, Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos and others. Check out the following link to listen or download that program:

Watts 20th Pt. I

This week features one of the founders of the peace treaty, who found himself under fire for helping to create this movement in 1992. His name is Dewayne Holmes from the Imerial Courts housing projects. We'll also hear other voices from the Watts community as they share their reflections on how the gang truce changed their lives.

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Wed, 06/13/2012
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Watts Gang Truce in Los Angeles. In April of this year the Watts Community came together to celebrate and discuss what they learned from this important event. Carlos Chavez produces the opening panel discussion for that event as Part I of a two part series on this celebration in South Los Angeles titled Pioneer In Peace.

Pioneer In Peace Panel includes peace treaty activists:

Leon G; (Freeway) Ricky Ross; Daude Sherrils; Little Brother JB; Willie Freeman; Alex Sanchez; Stan Muhammad; Dewayne Holmes; Donny Jubert; Sista Souljah (West Coast)

Part II is scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 20th 2012 on Political Perspectives at 9am.

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The 2nd Revolution: Dismantling Corporate Rule

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Wed, 06/06/2012

We live "drenched in corporate culture," with our planet, our democracy, and all of us "real people" under assault. But, according to Paul Cienfuegos, "We the people are more powerful than we dare to believe," and the corporate power structure CAN be dismantled. A long-time community organizer and educator, Cienfuegos provides a wealth of information showing how the fictions of "corporate personhood" and "corporate rights" can be challenged and reversed by empowered, informed citizen action. He'll be leading a Portland workshop June 9-10.

"If we relearn our history, if we understand again that corporations were designed to serve us, not to rule us, in this democratic republic, then we can reclaim our sovereignty. Once we understand this, the sky's the limit. We can rein in corporate constitutional "rights" as have more than 100 communities in PA, NH, ME, and VI." (The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has provided advice and support to many of these communities - learn more HERE.)

On June 9 & 10, 2012 in Portland, Oregon, Paul Cienfuegos will be leading his full-weekend workshop: "We The People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe: First Steps in Dismantling Corporate Rule." For more details about the content of the workshop, click HERE. For more details about cost (sliding scale), timing, and how to register, click HERE.

Community Rights PDX has begun rights-based activism here in Portland -- you can learn more HERE.

"What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets"

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Wed, 05/09/2012

Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher interviews Michael Sandel, author of "What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets." They'll talk about the difficult arguments missing from our public debates about the value being assigned by markets to nonmarket norms. What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society, and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don't honor and that money can't buy?

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for the Harvard course 'Justice' which is available to view online, and for his critique of Rawls' A Theory of Justice in his Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (1982).

Michael Sandel speaks at Powell's Books in downtown Portland on Thursday May 10th at 7:30PM.

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Green Empowerment: renewable energy and water systems that alleviate poverty

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Aaron Liss of Green Empowerment talks about renewable energy projects in Nicaragua and the upcoming 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder.

April 28th will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Ben Linder, a mechanical engineer from Portland who was killed by U.S.-backed contras in northern Nicaragua as he prepared to build a small hydroelectric plant. The project that Ben helped to launch has continued since his death. A recent editorial in The Oregonian speaks to the person that Ben Linder was and the impact he had.

The Association of Rural Development Workers—Benjamin Linder (ATDER-BL) has built clean water systems and small-scale hydro plants that provide renewable energy to 70,000 people. They have established a community-owned forest reserve and helped farmers to diversify their crops and protect the watersheds of the region. Green Empowerment has provided critical support to ATDER-BL efforts.

 

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Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride

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Wed, 04/25/2012

Host Per Fagereng interviews Dilip Hiro, whose most recent book is the just-published Apocalyptic Realm: Jihadists in South Asia. They'll discuss Hiro's recent article on TomDispatch.com called "Taking Uncle Sam for a Ride: How Pakistan Makes Washington Pay for the Afghan War." http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175530/

Is it really in the interest of the U.S. to get held up by our “friends” repeatedly to continue to fight a disastrous war in a country in which we’re now negotiating to keep military trainers, special operations forces, and possibly others a decade beyond 2014 (another subject barely covered by our media)? Do you really want to be going through a version of this with Pakistan 10 years from now?  Is your greatest desire to be supplying American military personnel with gas and hamburgers at earth-shaking prices in the second decade of a no-longer-new century?

Dilip Hiro was born in the Indian subcontinent and was educated in India, Britain and the United States. He's an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East. A journalist and historian, he's the author of 33 books.

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Hood River Development - Mr. Naito

Please ask Mr. Naito if his love of democracy extends to his business.   Would he be willing to turn his development firm into a employee run cooperative corporation, giving ownership and organizational rights to employees.   Mr. Naito's concern for democracy probably ends at doors to his corporation.   Mr. Naito looks at this battle to develop the Hood River riverfront property as a public realtions battle.   He will promise the community jobs and the city council financial support, and the council will eye the property tax revenue as a benefit to the community.   If he is successful,  once again we will be selling our responsibility to the land and the river for a short term gain.  Mr. Naito cares little for the community, but operates on greed.  If the environmental laws and regulations were not in place he would not be concerned at all with the impact of his development on the river, the wild life, and the ability of people to enjoy what nature have given us for free.

Bravo for having this debate, though.  And controlling the civility of the debate.

 

 

 

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